J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-09-2018

Pacific Views: Can Capitalism Be Compassionate?

Recently there has been a national discussion in India about how to create a more vibrant and equitable economy. The election that threw out Atal Bihari Vajpayee was largely seen as the rural voters striking back at the politicians that favored the urban voters and especially the expanding high tech industry. So the big question now is how can the wealth be spread across a broader cross-section of Indians and how India build a middle class that can be the stable foundation for a viable democracy. One Indian entrepreneur, Narayan Murthy, founder of global software giant Infosys, believes that India needs to harness capitalism with a real face of compassion in order to create a positive future for the country. When Murthy talks about compassionate capitalism, he backs up his words with action that shows he really means what he says. 

Although he is a very successful businessman, he voluntarily limits his own salary to under $50,000 per year and donates a good proportion of his company’s profits to charity. The current Republican defintion is the same as Mussollini’s defintion of fascism, a few large corporations running the show. The progressives idea of Capitalism is probably Eutopian, that is unrealistic; it dosen’t take into account greed, a natural thing. Maybe capitalism can be compassionate and somewhat equalizing, but we’ll never know under Bush. Facism, not democracy and capitalism, is his legacy for the United States. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”how”,”India”]
Source: http://www.pacificviews.org/weblog/archives/015721.php

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Keywords: [“download”,”times”,”compassionate”]
Source: http://planetshamrock.com/pdf/download-compassionate-capitalism.html

Key Characteristics of Conscious Leaders

Now she wants to take a look at some key characteristics of conscious leaders. All were leaders who fulfilled a purpose and vision that served the greatest good by empowering and elevating others to a higher plane. In the book Conscious Capitalism, authors John Mackey and Raj Sisodia note that conscious leaders have high analytical, emotional, spiritual and systems intelligence. They also have an orientation toward servant leadership, high integrity and a great capacity for love and care. As a coach, I have observed conscious leaders in action and the impact they have on their organizations. 

Based on my experience with coaching and leading, as well as insights gained from studying leadership research and great leaders, I have come to recognize that conscious leaders tend to share certain characteristics. They transcend ego for the greater good of the organization and humanity. To lead in such a way requires courage, faith and the conscious decision to boldly go where perhaps you have never gone before. Conscious leadership isn’t esoteric or available to a select few. We can think big and take practical steps to boldly step into our highest potential as leaders. 

The world needs more enlightened leaders who can change the world for the better, today and beyond. To continue reading on this subject, go to Simple Practices to Become a Great Leader. 

Keywords: [“Lead”,”Conscious”,”Leadership”]
Source: http://voiceseducation.org/node/7286

Difference Between Mitosis and Meiosis

Meiosis and Mitosis describe cell division in eukaryotic cells when the chromosome separates. In mitosis chromosomes separates and form into two identical sets of daughter nuclei, and it is followed by cytokinesis. Basically, in mitosis the mother cell divides into two daughter cells which are genetically identical to each other and to the parent cell. Metaphase- alignment of chromosomes at the metaphase plate. Telophase- de-condensation of chromosomes and surrounded by nuclear membranes, formation of cleavage furrow. 

Meiosis is a reductional cell division where the number of chromosomes is divided into half. Gametes formations occur in animal cell and meiosis is necessary for sexual reproduction which occurs in eukaryotes. Meiosis influence stable sexual reproduction by halving of ploidy or chromosome count. Anaphase I – shortening of microtubules, pulling of chromosomes toward opposing poles, forming two haploid sets.5. Telophase I – arrival of chromosomes to the poles with each daughter cell containing half the number of chromosomes. 

Meiosis II – second part of the meiotic process with the production of four haploid cells from the two haploid cells. Meiosis- reductional cell division and the number of chromosomes is divided into half; it is essential for sexual reproduction, and therefore it occurs in eukaryotes. 

Keywords: [“cell”,”chromosome”,”Meiosis”]
Source: http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/politics/difference…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-11-2018

Board and Global Compassion Council

On February 28, 2008 acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize and made a wish-to help create, launch, and propagate a Charter for Compassion. Our organization, Charter for Compassion, was inspired and created by Karen Armstrong and the Council of Conscience in 2009, and inherits a confluence of contributions made by TED.com, the Compassionate Action Network, the Fetzer Institute, and many others. Through a vibrant Charter for Compassion Partner Network we welcome and communicate the sharing of information, stories and experiences that touch the work of compassion. The Charter for Compassion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN# 46-3554077. The Global Compassion Council is the advisory body for the Charter for Compassion. Karen Armstrong, 2008 TED Prize winner, creator of the Charter for Compassion, renowned author on religion, history, compassion. Amin Hashwani, Pakistani businessman and founder of the Compassionate Schools Network and Charter for Compassion Pakistan. Monica Neomagus, co-founder of the Dutch Charter for Compassion Foundation, trainer, organizer, social worker. Tori McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, the first university to sign the Charter for Compassion; first woman to row a boat, alone, and without assistance, across the Atlantic. Zeid Abdul-Hadi, Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of an investment and development company in Amman – Jordan; founder of Charter for Compassion Jordan.

Keywords: [“Compassion”,”Charter”,”lead”]
Source: https://charterforcompassion.org/about1/global-compassion-council

on the need to grieve the loss of a shiny, optimistic future to climate change. to take care of ourselves and each other. to accept loss. and to build compassionate, resilient communities, with the ingenuity to face dark times ahead.

I’ve been thinking about this for a few months, and have had a few chats with people about it, but i’m still working things through. It seems almost blasphemous amongst activist circles, and probably mainstream, to talk about grief re climate change. I think we need to let ourselves grieve, support each other in doing that, and recognise that we do have a major loss – the loss of the future we thought we had. that is important to do because we are all human, all precious and special and deserving of care. We need to be functional for the months and years and decades ahead. not still attached to our non-existant shiney future, like someone never moving on from a relationship breakup or bereavement. We need to accept that loss, and carry it with us as we take care of ourselves, our communities, all humanity, all life on this planet. Somehow the other side of grief is a life you can start reconstructing – always changed by that profound loss, but not always defined and constrained by it. They grieved, and they held that loss, and are able to keep living. I do think we have to, probably all of us alive today, go through grief for the loss of a healthy planet, a bright future. I think refusing to allow ourselves to is negatively affecting our mental health and our ability to make progressive change. I think we need to be there for each other, to hold each other whilst we cry, to listen to each other’s pain and fear in a massage circle of emotional support.

Keywords: [“think”,”loss”,”need”]
Source: https://fleabite.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/on-the-need-to-grieve…

Compassionate Capitalism

Citizens of the world are less and less supportive of capitalism solely based on maximizing short-term profits. Unilever is one such company, realizing and owning their need to contribute to the societal welfare and environmental impact for the countries it operates in. They want to propose a new model of capitalism that focuses on the long term, in which companies try to solve social and environmental problems and give equal importance to the needs of communities, as well as their shareholders. Unilever has over 400 brands worldwide under its umbrella, ranging from foods to household cleaners, including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream; sold in almost every country, with two billion people using a Unilever product every day. Unilever developed the brand Lifebuoy with a marketing strategy based on campaigns to educate mothers and children to adopt this simple gesture. It has a triple advantage – the consumer is healthier, the company sees a decline in health care costs for its employees, and Unilever benefits from increased sales of soap. Unilever’s greatest impact is within the agricultural sector. Worldwide, the company purchases 12% of the world’s black tea, 3% of the tomatoes, and 3% of the palm oil. Unilever is connected with more than one million small farmers alone. Oxfam estimates the number of small-businesses that Unilever touches is more than half a billion, and improving their lives and businesses is an effective way to reduce poverty.

Keywords: [“Unilever”,”company”,”less”]
Source: https://borgenproject.org/tag/compassionate-capitalism

Book Review: The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity, by Tom Nelson

I expected there to be some overlap of between Tom Nelson’s The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity and the arguments and jargon used by the Institute for Faith, Works, and Economics. What I did not expect was to read a book full of claims, anecdotes, and quotes with very little support for the thesis. Nelson wrote this book to encourage people to use free-market capitalism to love their neighbors with Jesus; it is written in a manner that requires the reader to already understand what he’s talking about and to already agree with it. Rather than use evidence and hard data to support claims made in the book, Nelson uses quotes from others to say the same thing, but does not quote the data and reason for what other authors have written. I certainly do not mean to imply that there is nothing good in this book-there is; but I would not recommend anyone spend money on this. Instead of writing the book, a blog post of overarching claims and a short bibliography would have been more helpful so that people may actually discover for themselves what it is Nelson desires them to understand. To that end, I would simply suggest perusing the IFWE website and reading the oft quoted When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poorand Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, which will certainly serve any reader well. I received a temporary digital copy for review from InterVarsity Press via NetGalley.

Keywords: [“read”,”book”,”Nelson”]
Source: https://durough.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/book-review-the-economics…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-17-2018

Compassionate Capitalism-Part 3

Conscious Capitalism

Mindfulness in business, work, investment, and leadership-what’s up with all that? I can remember not that long ago when the mention of mindfulness practices in the boardroom or workplace was met with blank stares; now it’s all over the place. It amazes me how quickly it’s moved beyond the fad stage into the realm of best practices. Last week I watched Arianna Huffington talking about mindfulness and business on CNBC’s Squawk Box, featuring moving first person accounts by Aetna CEO John Bertolini and Harvard Business School’s Bill George. That was followed by a HuffPost Live broadcast about mindfulness and work that included our friend and mindful.org contributor Janice Marturano, head of the Institute for Mindful Leadership. Business and work are central to our lives, so I’m very pleased about this development. Our friend Jeff Klein, a leader in this area, tells us that you will be able to learn from CEOs who are actually doing it about how conscious businesses focus on their purpose beyond profit and include the aspirations of all the stakeholders, including employees, customers and the surrounding community. Also in the Bay Area on April 30, Stanford’s CCARE will be hosting a one-day conference on Compassion and Business, presenting research and best practices by leading experts and business leaders who have successfully implemented compassion-based programs in their organizations. It will include three of our favorite leaders in the mindfulness and business world: Chade-Meng Tan of Google and SIYLI, Scott Kriens of Jupiter Networks and the 1440 Foundation, and Chip Conley who developed the Joie de Vivre hospitality chain. Four investors who consistently beat the market over more than 25 years discuss their philosophy and strategies for investing and giving. As part of the discussion, our friend Jeff Walker will lead the panel in a discussion of their own unique strategies for personal development and how these strategies help them to live a more complete and fulfilled life.

Keywords: [“business”,”Mindfulness”,”lead”]
Source: https://www.mindful.org/conscious-capitalism

Why Is There Poverty? – Allan G. Johnson

More than one out of every six people in the United States lives in poverty or near-poverty. With a majority of the people competing over what’s left to them by the elite, it’s inevitable that a substantial number of people are going to wind up on the short end and living in poverty or with the fear of it much of the time. In part poverty exists because the economic system is organized in ways that encourage the accumulation of wealth at one end and creates conditions of scarcity that make poverty inevitable at the other. If we’re interested in doing something about poverty itself – if we want a society largely free of impoverished citizens – then we’ll have to do something about both the system people participate in and how they participate in it. Learning to run faster may keep you or me out of poverty, but it won’t get rid of poverty itself. People can argue about whether chronic widespread poverty is morally acceptable or what an acceptable level of inequality might look like. If we want to understand where poverty comes from, what makes it such a stubborn feature of social life, we have to begin with the simple sociological fact that patterns of inequality result as much from how social systems are organized as they do from how individuals participate in them. The result is that some people rise out of poverty by improving their competitive advantage, while others sink into it when their advantages no longer work and they get laid off or their company relocates to another country or gets swallowed up in a merger that boosts the stock price for shareholders and earns the CEO a salary that in 2005 averaged more than 262 times the average worker’s pay. The system itself including the huge gap between the wealthy and everyone else and the steady proportion of people living in poverty, stays much the same. Welfare payments, food stamps, housing subsidies, and Medicaid all soften poverty’s impact, but they do little about the steady supply of people living in poverty.

Keywords: [“poverty”,”people”,”system”]
Source: http://www.agjohnson.us/essays/poverty

Alienation 2.0: Commodification of the Soul In Late-Stage Capitalism

Some work is subsistence – in fact, for the larger part of history work was mostly related to survival. Sometimes work is meaning – sure, humans can survive without Van Gogh’s Starry Night or the poetic rhythm of Omar Khayyam but wouldn’t it be almost inhuman to say such art was not worth the effort? Some work expresses human values or ideals – tidying up the kitchen helps roommates show respect for one another and volunteering to cook hot meals for the homeless at a local mosque is one way to fight poverty. Although wage labor is a lot like subsisting in many ways, wage-earners do not possess the materials, tools, or space needed for their labor while subsisting workers can access the natural resources they need to make a living. Wage labor is different from other labor because workers neither control the activity of labor itself nor the goods or services they produce. If labor improves a worker’s life or if it gives him a sense of worth and meaning, the worker is the author of his labor and working expresses the worker’s self. The worker treats her work as an object instead of a process under her control – she is alienated from her own actions. Labor moves outward as an expression of self-development and alienation reverses it – alienated labor invades the worker as an activity developing from the outside in. “Labor appears as loss of reality for workers; objectification as loss of the object and object-bondage; appropriation as estrangement, as alienation.”- Karl Marx. The core concept of Marxian alienation is that workers experience a part of themselves as something alien to them and that sounds a lot like dissociation, which psychologists described as experiences of detachment from part of a person’s reality. In a wage system, the worker is immediately alienated by the act of production because all that is produced is automatically another person’s property, disconnecting workers from work itself and its results.

Keywords: [“work”,”labor”,”value”]
Source: https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/alienation-labor-soul-commodification

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-07-2018

9780525935674: Compassionate Capitalism: People Helping People Help Themselves

From Kirkus Reviews: A Christian businessman offers an inspirational blueprint for happiness-which includes ownership of a small business, unlimited opportunity to accumulate wealth, and development of a “positive, compassionate” stance toward one’s own and others’ “dreams. ” In bite-sized segments with subtitles like “Who Was Karl Marx and Why Was He So Angry at Capitalism?” and “Winners Heeded! Whiners Ignored!,” DeVos advises underpaid and downtrodden people all over the globe to latch onto independent means of livelihood-though how they might do so remains vague, unless they’re one of the book’s hundreds of examples of purchasers of Amway distributorships. In chapters that parallel DeVos’s ultimate “Credo for Compassionate Capitalism”, “family men and women” are urged to dream great dreams and then to evaluate what in their lives needs to change to make those dreams come true, focusing on trading despair for hope, debt for probity, and indifference for renewed devotion to “God, country, family, and work. ” With lots of anecdotes and quotes from the likes of Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jesus, and with full-length stories of many satisfied Amway owners included, the author exhorts budding entrepreneurs-cum-compassionate-capitalists to find a mentor, set financial goals, and someday become a mentor to others. He also fervently supports tithing to churches and charities and “helping to save the planet, our island home. ” An unmemorable but good-hearted addition to the tradition of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale. From Library Journal: Combining history with present-day case studies, DeVos presents a methodology for “Compassionate capitalism”-that is, while remaining a capitalist, one can also care about the planet, have a conscience and heart, and reach out to serve others. Each chapter starts out with a credo: for example, “Owning our own business is the best way to guarantee our personal freedom and our financial security.” DeVos illustrates this credo with the example of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream company, which has established a foundation and uses its resources to provide community-oriented activities with loans and grants. DeVos, a founder of the now-worldwide Amway Corporation, recently won the Alexander Hamilton Award for Economic Education from the Freedom Foundation; he maintains that inspiration and motivation are the basis for entrepreneurial success. Joan A. Traugott, Amityville P.L., N.Y.Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. “About this title” may belong to another edition of this title.

Keywords: [“own”,”dream”,”DeVos”]
Source: https://www.abebooks.com/9780525935674/Compassionate-Capitalism-People-Helping-Help-0525935673/plp

On Murthy’s compassionate capitalism, global thinkers say exec greed must be controlled

BENGALURU: NR Narayana Murthy’s compassionate capitalism philosophy has received support from several US based management experts and thinkers. Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe distinguished professor at Tuck at Dartmouth, US, said he firmly believes in capitalism, but not in greed. A company’s purpose, he said, cannot be to maximise financial returns; the purpose has to be to do good. Its CEO compensation is not 500 times that of the steel worker, as is typical in other Fortune 500 companies. Govindarajan said other companies following compassionate capitalism – Narayana Health in India and Whole Foods in the US – are all very successful. “Without compassionate capitalism, this country cannot create jobs and solve the problem of poverty. Experts tell me that capitalism may come to an end in the not-sodistant future if the current corporate leaders do not heed this advice in India,” he said. Seth Godin, American author, entrepreneur and marketer, said it’s a myth that there’s a talent shortage among CEOs for the largest companies. Asked if one company can afford not to go with the flow, Godin also said it was. Kumar said the bigger issue today is that there is a board of Infosys who should be allowed to run the company. “As shareholders, you can vote out the board if you do not like their decisions. The problem with people like Ratan Tata and Narayana Murthy is that they step down but still want to remote control the company. Well, in that case, do not step down. Instead, continue to shoulder the responsibility and work that comes with being in charge. It is against all good corporate governance norms,” he said.

Keywords: [“company”,”capitalism”,”compassionate”]
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/on-murthys-compassionate-capitalism-global-thinkers-say-exec-greed-must-be-controlled/articleshow/58002099.cms

Business Leaders Get Woke

This zeitgeist is proving very challenging for business leaders, who by and large prefer to remain nonpartisan and disengaged from politics. Instead, business leaders are being forced into the sometimes uncomfortable position of becoming upstanders. When political leaders behave in a manner inconsistent with a company’s mission and values, business leaders face a workforce and a customer community that demands speaking out in an authentic, visible fashion. The State vs. America, Inc. A prime example of this tension business leaders face was the resignation of the president’s entire business council in the wake of Charlottesville. When Indiana’s legislature passed a controversial religious freedom law, many CEOs declared they would stop doing business in Indiana. When North Carolina passed its restrictive bathroom law, business leaders reacted strongly, following the outrage of their employees and customers. Business leaders are being asked to step up and lead in unfamiliar territory. A recent Harvard Business School alumni asked me skeptically: “Are you all teaching students how to be leaders not just managers? Are you teaching them to solve big societal problems not just small business problems?” I think the answer is yes but I continue to reflect on what more we can be doing to prepare business leaders to be leaders during this historic time. Our local business group, The Alliance for Business Leadership, is proving to be one effective forum in this regard, but we need many more. If business leaders can become upstanders, Oprah’s evocation of a new day will come all the sooner.

Keywords: [“business”,”lead”,”CEO”]
Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/business-leaders-get-woke_us_5a537450e4b0ee59d41c0c79

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-03-2018

Why Capitalism Needs Conscious Leadership

While those and other frameworks have focused on reinventing capitalism by shifting business strategy, accounting principles and operational standards, a new movement called conscious capitalism offers a holistic approach that puts people and moral conscience at the center of business practices. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about conscious capitalism’s four tenets at the daylong convening HigherPurpose17 hosted by the Conscious Capitalism Bay Area Chapter. More than hearing from inspiring business leaders who provide proof that business can be a force for good, I learned that conscious capitalism doesn’t have to be an oxymoron. Of the framework’s four tenets – higher purpose, conscious leadership, conscious culture and stakeholder orientation – connecting to a higher purpose is perhaps the most pivotal to build an awakened business. It may go without saying that a conscious company is led by conscious leaders. That’s why conscious leadership must be intentional. The first step in achieving conscious leadership is self-awareness. Conscious leaders are able to recognize when and how to let go of fear and ego, and learn to connect with others from a place of compassion and authentic presence. Being able to shift from the ‘drama triangle’ to presence means being a more conscious leader. The self-awareness that comes with conscious leadership duly creates conscious workplace cultures that enable employees to thrive. Those financial returns would not be possible without a strong foundation of conscious leadership. Conscious capitalism aspires to change our current sad business narrative from the inside out.

Keywords: [“conscious”,”business”,”lead”]
Source: https://www.triplepundit.com/…/capitalism-needs-conscious-leadership

Compassionate Capitalism! – Late Night Health Radio

Having gone from rags to riches to rags to riches, all before celebrating his 50th birthday, Dave Meltzer, who is also known as the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, has enjoyed careers spanning technology, sports marketing, media and entertainment, and publishing. After losing it all in 2008, Dave determined that the missing ingredient in his prior success was gratitude. Today, as the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, the firm he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon, his weekly all-hands staff meetings focus on four key traits: empathy, accountability, effective communication, and gratitude. In his first best-seller, Connected To Goodness, 2014, Dave reveals his proven principles for success that will bring his readers the same peace and balance he now enjoys in both business and in life. His newest release, Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, in 2016, which he co-authored with Blaine Bartlett, delves into the flaws of traditional capitalism. Not only do the authors point out the flaws and successes of the world’s main economic driver, they suggest a new way to conduct business. Compassionate Capitalism will change the way you look at business, so the things you look at change! Late Night Health’s Mark Alyn found the discussion with Dave to be inciteful, inspirational, and actionable. By the way, Dave just launched a podcast with Entrepreneur Magazine called “The Playbook.” This podcast focuses on the minds behind sports and sports business. From owners of teams to athletes on the field, this podcast will showcase the innovators and entrepreneurs of sports.

Keywords: [“business”,”Dave”,”sports”]
Source: https://www.latenighthealth.com/compassionate-capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism! – Late Night Health Radio

Having gone from rags to riches to rags to riches, all before celebrating his 50th birthday, Dave Meltzer, who is also known as the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, has enjoyed careers spanning technology, sports marketing, media and entertainment, and publishing. After losing it all in 2008, Dave determined that the missing ingredient in his prior success was gratitude. Today, as the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, the firm he co-founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon, his weekly all-hands staff meetings focus on four key traits: empathy, accountability, effective communication, and gratitude. In his first best-seller, Connected To Goodness, 2014, Dave reveals his proven principles for success that will bring his readers the same peace and balance he now enjoys in both business and in life. His newest release, Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business, in 2016, which he co-authored with Blaine Bartlett, delves into the flaws of traditional capitalism. Not only do the authors point out the flaws and successes of the world’s main economic driver, they suggest a new way to conduct business. Compassionate Capitalism will change the way you look at business, so the things you look at change! Late Night Health’s Mark Alyn found the discussion with Dave to be inciteful, inspirational, and actionable. By the way, Dave just launched a podcast with Entrepreneur Magazine called “The Playbook.” This podcast focuses on the minds behind sports and sports business. From owners of teams to athletes on the field, this podcast will showcase the innovators and entrepreneurs of sports.

Keywords: [“business”,”Dave”,”sports”]
Source: http://www.latenighthealth.com/compassionate-capitalism

Can Capitalism and Compassion Co-Exist?

Maybe it’s because winning in business normally requires a team effort, and I like working in a team setting. What I have learned over the years is that capitalism and compassion can co-exist and that – gasp! – business can be a force for good. I personally know a great many smart and good-hearted business leaders in the Colorado community. Some of the very best people I know are CEOs, business owners, and entrepreneurs. They care about their employees and the people in their communities a great deal. What organization should we support? How can my employees get involved? How much time will this require? Will our involvement send the wrong signal to my employees, shareholders, customers, or partners? Zunesis employees have worked diligently to build homes for hard working families in the Denver community. Each year we do a build day where we all put on hard hats and work together to help construct the home we are sponsoring that year – “The Zunesis home.” This engagement has served as a very practical way for my small business to give back and support our neighbors in our own community. Seeing the lives of hard working families in our community completely changed by having a secure, safe, and stable place that they call home is something that never loses its luster or excitement. Being part of something that transcends success in business and tangibly blesses people in our community has been good for my employees and our business. I’m guessing that many business leaders and CEOs also want to get involved in supporting their communities, but they may not know how to get started.

Keywords: [“business”,”community”,”employees”]
Source: https://www.zunesis.com/blog_capitalism-and-compassion

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-02-2018

Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism – voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation. Research published in the book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, found companies adhering to the principles of Conscious Capitalism outperformed the market financially over all measured time periods from 3 to 15 years. In addition to financial wealth these companies create many other kinds of societal wealth: fulfilled employees, happy and loyal customers, innovative and profitable suppliers, thriving and environmentally healthy communities and more. The Conscious Capitalism movement includes numerous CEOs and thought leaders globally. To fulfil its purpose and mission, and to respond to increasing demand for information, support and collaboration, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. empowers a global network of U.S. and International Chapters to run events and through presentations, publications and social media. The Australian Chapter currently has communities in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth and in 2016 merged with New Zealand. Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand is a non-for-profit organisation dedicated to the cultivation of the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism and serving as communities of inquiry and practice for business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants and others. Driven by members, for members, we aim to co-create a thriving ecosystem of conscious businesses that serve, lead and advocate the greater good.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”Capitalism”,”lead”]
Source: http://purpose.do/partners/conscious-capitalism

Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand

Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism – voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation. Research published in the book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, found companies adhering to the principles of Conscious Capitalism outperformed the market financially over all measured time periods from 3 to 15 years. In addition to financial wealth these companies create many other kinds of societal wealth: fulfilled employees, happy and loyal customers, innovative and profitable suppliers, thriving and environmentally healthy communities and more. The Conscious Capitalism movement includes numerous CEOs and thought leaders globally. To fulfil its purpose and mission, and to respond to increasing demand for information, support and collaboration, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. empowers a global network of U.S. and International Chapters to run events and through presentations, publications and social media. The Australian Chapter currently has communities in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth and in 2016 merged with New Zealand. Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation of the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism and serving as communities of inquiry and practice for business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants and others. Driven by members, for members, we aim to co-create a thriving ecosystem of conscious businesses that serve, lead and advocate the greater good.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”Capitalism”,”lead”]
Source: https://consciouscapitalism.org.au/about

Is “Capitalism” a Dirty Word and “Liberal” a Good Word?

For what it’s worth, the Princess of the Levant even says capitalism is “a sexy word.” A narrow majority of respondents in Harvard’s poll said they did not support capitalism. Writing for Mic, Marie Solis looks at these recent poll numbers and wonders if the real issue is whether “Capitalism” is simply an unpalatable word. The results may be more indicative of a shifting connotation for the word “Capitalism” itself. “The word ‘capitalism’ doesn’t mean what it used to,” he said. Maybe one problem here is the word “Capitalism” and what it evokes in the aftermath of the Great Recession and Wall Street bailout. Maybe “Capitalism” really isn’t the right word for the free enterprise system, the deep magic that has made America the richest, most powerful nation on Earth. We certainly need to consider whether and how the word can be reclaimed, or if we’re better served talking about the “Market economy,” “Private enterprise,” “Free trade,” or “Entrepreneurship.” Millennials love the word entrepreneur Unlike anti-capitalists of yore, young people today don’t seem to see a tension between turning a profit and living righteously. As John Della Volpe, polling director at Harvard, puts it, millennials aren’t “Rejecting the concept” of capitalism. If we can convince more people to support good policy by talking about “Free markets” rather than “Capitalism,” then I have no objection to using a more effective phrase or word. Now that we’ve discussed whether “Capitalism” is a bad word, let’s shift gears and look at whether “Liberal” should be a good word. Given the way the meaning of the word has changed over time, I don’t think it would make sense to the average person if I referred to myself as “Liberal.”

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Liberal”,”word”]
Source: https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/is-capitalism-a…

America the generous

Capitalism has its critics, but when disaster strikes, the world still turns to America, he says. Bennett: American generosity is not dependent on the government or public policy. Canadian radio commentator Gordon Sinclair said in the 1970s, at the height of American criticism abroad, that the United States is the “Most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the Earth.” We are still the most generous people in the world today. Often the benefactors of American generosity capture it best. The critics of the American capitalist system are many, but when disaster strikes, the world still turns to America. Generations of Americans have sacrificed their lives to fight and die for freedom around the world. As for individuals, a new American Red Cross poll suggests that while Americans had to tighten their budgets in 2011, they are still as committed to giving to charity as ever. American generosity is not dependent on the government or public policy. Compared to the rest of the world, American benevolence is unmatched. China, which boasts the second largest economy in the world, is one of the least generous nations on Earth when it comes to charitable contributions. In the annals of human history, there has never been a country as compassionate and generous as the United States. When Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian novelist who defied communism, visited America, he said, “The United States has long shown itself to be the most magnanimous, the most generous country in the world. Wherever there is a flood, an earthquake, a fire, a natural disaster, an epidemic, who is the first to help? The United States. Who helps the most and unselfishly? The United States.”

Keywords: [“American”,”world”,”States”]
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/15/opinion/bennett-generosity/index.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-31-2018

Association of Transformational Leaders – SoCal: Compassionate Capitalism

Leading Compassionate Capitalism

Keywords: conscious capitalism, corporate ethics, Jeffrey Sachs, David Koch, John Mackey, presencing, moral foundations, eco-systems, leadership Leading Compassionate Capitalism !3 Leading Compassionate Capitalism ! We are experiencing the convergence of three global pathologies; ecological degradation, extreme economic inequality, and increasing spiritual/cultural divisiveness and conflict. Leading Compassionate Capitalism !4 The lenses used include integrating the general theories of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and economist Otto Scharmer with an examination of the more specific contexts and leadership style of Sachs, Mackey, and Koch. Our inquiry is guided by broad questions: Is compassionate capitalism an oxymoron? How can understanding the social psychology and the moral foundations of leaders enhance our ability to evolve our economic system? Is it possible to develop increased empathy and compassion within the highest leadership ranks of multi-national corporations? What tools are emerging that have the potential to shift the culture of leadership and to build our global capacity to address environmental degradation, economic inequality, and religious/ political unrest/violence? ! Three Leaders’ Stories: Moments of Madness and Mindfulness One of the foundational beliefs of capitalism is ‘homo economicus’. Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is Leading Compassionate Capitalism !5 stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Their approaches to changing the world represent a continuum of thought in the area of corporate ethics, conscious capitalism, and the moral foundations or ethos needed to shape the Leading Compassionate Capitalism !6 evolution of our economic systems. “After his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa he started Leading Compassionate Capitalism !7 looking at the world with new eyes. Sachs did not take the time to listen to the people he was trying to help, he did not Leading Compassionate Capitalism !8 understand the cultural differences, and he underestimated the impact of the complex moral foundations that existed in the villages he was hoping to transform. In December 1999, a civil jury found that Koch Industries had taken oil Leading Compassionate Capitalism !12 it didn’t pay for from federal land by mismeasuring the amount of crude it was extracting. Another moral foundation that is particularly applicable to the three leaders Leading Compassionate Capitalism !13 examined in this paper is the liberty/oppression foundation. Leading Compassionate Capitalism !14 The evolution from ego-capitalism to eco-capitalism Although it may be discouraging to examine the blind spots of these three leading ethical, conscious, or compassionate capitalists; there may be hope offered through the work of Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute. Leading Compassionate Capitalism !15 In a sense, if Mackey, Sachs, and Koch are inadequate or ineffective in their commitment to the cause of making the world a better place, it may be the process of absencing that creates their many moments of leadership madness. All three create and communicate their vision, and feel they are the Leading Compassionate Capitalism !16 ‘true’ leaders.

Keywords: [“lead”,”Koch”,”capitalism”]
Source: http://www.academia.edu/8552445/Leading_Compassionate_Capitalism

Bleeding Heart Libertarians

For most of the 20th century, American libertarians were mostly seen as – and mostly saw themselves as – defenders of capitalism. Specifically, it depends on what you mean by “Capitalism.” Now, I’ve had something to say about this before, and my friend Gary Chartier has broached the subject here at Bleeding Heart Libertarians, but I think the ground might be worth covering again in some more detail. As often as not it seems that debates about “Capitalism” involve more than one of them being employed – sometimes because each person is talking about a different thing when she says “Capitalism,” but they think that they are fighting about a common subject. Sometimes because one person will make use of the word “Capitalism” in two or more different senses from one argumentative move to the next, without noticing the equivocation. “Capitalism” has been used by its defenders just to mean a free market or free enterprise system, i.e., an economic order – any economic order – that emerges from voluntary exchanges of property and labor without government intervention. It’s important to note that while “Capitalism” in the first two senses – that of the freed market, and that of pro-business politics – are mutually exclusive, “Capitalism” in the latter two senses are conceptually independent of the political oppositions involved in the first two senses of the term. Interventionist states might intervene either against, or in favor of, “Capitalism” in the latter two senses – when states adopt heavy-handed “Growth” policies and prop up corporate enterprise, they are attacking the free market, but they may very well be entrenching or expanding workplace hierarchy, concentrations of economic ownership, or commercial motives and activities, at the expense of other patterns of ownership, or other forms of peaceful activity, that might be more common were it not for the intervention. I point all this out, not because I intend to spend a lot of time on semantic bickering about the Real Meaning of the term “Capitalism,” or because I think that the disagreements between libertarians and progressives can all be cleared away by showing that one of them is using “Capitalism” in the first sense, while the other is really using “Capitalism” in the second, third or fourth. A lot of time to get to the real argument you first need to be willing to say, “OK, well, I see that you are complaining about ‘capitalism’ in the sense of the corporate status quo, but that’s not what I mean to defend. What I’m defending is the free market, which is actually radically different from the status quo; no doubt you disagree with that too, but for different reasons; so let’s get on with that.” In spite of their policy-level disagreement, have a very important economic claim in common: they typically take it more or less for granted that free markets, just as such, tend to produce capitalism in our third sense and our fourth. If you have “Capitalism” in sense 1, then you’ll naturally tend to get “Capitalism” in senses 3 and 4. It is only in virtue of “Capitalism” in the second sense, state capitalism or business privilege, that actually-existing capitalism, in the latter two senses, flourishes and grows.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”sense”,”market”]
Source: http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2011/08/libertarian-anticapitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-30-2018

Compassionate Capitalism

From socialist student to capitalist entrepreneur

N. R. Murthy, longtime leader of the software-development company Infosys Technologies, became one of India’s, and the world’s, most highly esteemed managers. FROM SOCIALIST STUDENT TO CAPITALIST ENTREPRENEUR. Born in 1946, N. R. Murthy grew up one of eight children in a middle-class family of high caste but meager means. Murthy grew up a socialist, which was typical at the time in India. In 1974 Murthy decided to return to India, first touring the socialist countries of Eastern Europe. The harsh conditions there made Murthy realize that capitalism was not a sin. Back in India, Murthy began working in the software industry. In 1981 Murthy and six other software engineers pooled their savings of about $1,000, and started Infosys in a Mumbai apartment. COMPASSIONATE CAPITALIST. Even though Murthy became one of India’s most successful entrepreneurs, he remained committed to what he called “Compassionate capitalism,” spreading wealth to employees and Indian society in general, not just senior executives. Murthy served on several academic and government boards and established the Infosys Foundation in 1996. Murthy won numerous national and international honors, including the Padma Shri in 2000, one of India’s highest civilian awards for distinguished service to the nation, and Ernst & Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. Although the original stock he owned in Infosys made him India’s second-wealthiest person, Murthy continued to live modestly in a Spartan three-bedroom house. “If we want to sell capitalism to the people,” Murthy explained to the New York Times , “We have to practice a lifestyle that does not seem unattainable. We want more and more people to become entrepreneurs. If the tea stall owner in a small village can say, ‘Hey, these guys can do it; so can I,’ and get his business into the next orbit, then our job is done”.

Keywords: [“Murthy”,”India”,”Infosys”]
Source: http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/biography/M-R/Murthy-N-R-1946.html

Is Capitalism to Blame for Society’s Lack of Compassion?

Compassion – Is it learned?Are we born with compassion as a human trait or is it simply a learned act of kindness? The reality is, most people lack the ability to feel compassion for others, especially living in a world that is so full of hate, violence and death. At what cost? The more we create easier ways to live and quicker means of getting things done, the more we create harmful, lasting damage to the environment and those around us. The world seems to be making more and more heartless decisions. Compassion forms such an integral part in living a vegan lifestyle that I found this book to be very helpful in exploring and building on our ability to live more kindly. How do we become more compassionate towards others? The author, Paul Gilbert, has written in such a way that you feel connected and have an understanding of the dire need to create a more compassionate world. There is nothing preachy about this book though, just creating an awareness of how our minds work and providing a means to train the mind to become more compassionate and to create a better future and way of living. How we choose to live inevitably affects someone or something in order for us to live more comfortably and selfishly. We base our happiness on wants, and always wanting more. A new car, new TV, new phone, more clothes, more travels, more food, more luxury! How can we train ourselves to be more compassionate, when we are living in a world that feeds off the need to impress and be impressed by the materials of others. So whether you’re vegan and questioning your own compassion, or considering veganism and want to live a more compassionate life then this book is for you. Paul Gilbert is a British Clinical Psychologist and the founder of Compassion focused therapy who has written many excellent books surrounding the mind and its ability to improve our quality of life simply by being more mindful and practicing compassion.

Keywords: [“more”,”Compassion”,”live”]
Source: https://www.livekindly.co/compassionate-mind-by-paul-gilbert-book-review/

Infosys’ Murthy: A Wise, Loving Leader

Wise leaders know when to lead and when to let others do so-and they never get caught up in any role they choose to assume. N. R. Narayana Murthy, cofounder of the Indian software service provider Infosys, a widely admired business leader in India, provides a great model of wise leadership. Over the years, Murthy diligently groomed and mentored future leaders at Infosys. Murthy believes that leaders must put the priorities of their team members, customers, and employees ahead of their own and serve them with humility as servant leaders. Capitalist in mind, socialist at heartWhile working in France in the early 1970s, Murthy was strongly influenced by principles of socialism. In 1999, when Infosys became the first software company in India to receive the highest level of capability maturity model certification from Carnegie Mellon University, Murthy shared the company’s experience of the certification process with its Indian competitors. It was clear to Murthy that letting other Indian companies excel would lead Western companies to pay attention to India-a country that in the 1990s hadn’t yet made its mark in the global IT outsourcing sector-and by so doing would help increase the overall Indian market share, including Infosys. Compassionate capitalismDespite being a billionaire, Murthy maintains a frugal lifestyle: he has lived in the same two-bedroom house in Bangalore for decades. After a number of kidnappings of prominent businessmen in India, the police top brass offered Murthy protection. Wise leaders like Murthy are willing to cede their power voluntarily. Seeing himself as a trustee, Murthy had no qualms about letting go of his position and in fact saw it as part of his duty to ensure a smooth and well-considered transition. Growing as a wise leader takes practice, self-discipline, and a willingness to act consistently with your own purpose, values, and the context.

Keywords: [“Murthy”,”lead”,”Infosys”]
Source: http://fetzer.org/blog/infosys-murthy-wise-loving-leader

JR Test Site News for 01-23-2018

Enlightened Leadership

In an increasingly divisive national conversation, the issues we face in our companies require an integrated approach with a common goal: to serve our customers and our employees. Solving problems with an open mind through multiple perspectives and using systems thinking results in innovative solutions. Put bluntly, talking only to yourself generally doesn’t produce great results. People who work together and respect their differences can create extraordinary results. According to Motiv Strategies 75 companies from the Fortune 500 have outperformed the S&P by 211% over the past 13 years by defining creativity, design and innovation as their driving forces of progress. Leaders are the barometers of the change they envision for the company. An enlightened leadership creates a culture that invites employees to go beyond their jobs in service for the greater good of the customer, and therefore the company. The successful leaders I have worked with have built a diverse culture, supported by their board and leadership team. A values-based leadership ensures the diversity required to perpetuate the sustainable life and growth of the company. Placing people first – maximizing their strengths and investing capital in their development – yields higher returns than the popular approach of buying back stock. A company must not mortgage the future while fixating only on the business of today. Living in the short term alone suspends the company’s ability to innovate, challenge the status quo and develop disruptive incubators for the future. “We” is always greater than “Me.” Inspiration activates motivation, empowerment accelerates action, and collaboration creates breakthrough results. This enlightened culture will drive purpose to vision. Strategy will steer structure, allowing people to deliver profitable results at the intersection of humanity and commerce.

Keywords: [“company”,”results”,”People”]
Source: http://www.therobinreport.com/enlightened-leadership

Enlightenment And Economics

The Enlightenment is the name given to the intellectual movement that wascentered in the Western World, mainly Europe, during the 18th century. The riseof modern science greatly influenced the enlightenment. Thethinkers of the Enlightenment were dedicated to secular views based on reason ofhuman understanding, which they hoped would provide a basis for beneficialchanges affecting every area of life and thought. There were many people duringthe Enlightenment that made an impact on the world. “A tailor does not try to make his own shoes, nordoes a shoemaker try to make his own clothes.” With this line of reasoning Adam Smith was saying that a country should nottry to make their own products when another country can supply them for cheaperthan the one country can make it. The three needs that Adam Smith theorized were the fact thatthe people need some protection against another country in the case of aninvasion. Government memberswanted to help their country have a greater economy. With more members in the workingsociety the country would have more benefits. The government had to structure an office for this, which supplied manynew jobs and made people feel safer so they came to the country. United States government trades with many other countries. In trade wegive them, something that we grow a large amount of that few countries do, corn. Enlightenment came to an end in Western Europe after the upheavals of the French. The cultural leadership of thelanded aristocracy and professional men who had supported the Enlightenment waseroded by the growth of a new wealthy educated class of businessmen, products ofthe industrial revolution. Only in North and South America, where industry camelater and revolution had not led to reaction, did the Enlightenment linger intothe 19th century. In the Enlightenment Adam Smith had many theories about theeconomy.

Keywords: [“country”,”Enlightenment”,”people”]
Source: http://www.thehistoryconnection.com/Enlightenment-And-Economics.html

Ethical Theories in Business

Strong believers in laissez-faire capitalism often argue that business decisions should be made solely on the basis of self-interest to the extent allowed by the law. Because a business leader has no way of knowing which altruistic actions would most benefit society as a whole, the best way he can contribute to society is by doing whatever benefits his own business. This theory of business ethics could be used to justify nearly any business decision. A business owner who implements a sustainability program may save money by reducing expenses. Most business ethics theorists accept the idea that a business leader may have some ethical obligations beyond self-interest. Much debate exists about who or what the business leader might be obligated to. If a company has investors or stockholders, the business owner has a legal duty to act in their financial interest. Some business leaders consider themselves to have a personal duty to uphold moral principles they believe in, such as religious teachings. No business based solely on compassion could succeed financially, but that doesn’t mean compassion should never be a factor in ethical decision-making. A doctor who sees a needy patient without charging for services or a business owner who hires a troubled teenager to give him a second chance could be seen as acting with compassion. Business practices that create environmental problems might bring an immediate benefit for stockholders, but with serious long-term consequences. Virtue ethics is an ancient ethical theory that has made a comeback in recent years. In real-world decision-making, no ethical theory is sufficient for all situations. The best approach is to examine each situation according to all the major ethical theories. Before making a major decision, a business leader could ask himself several questions about his planned course of action.

Keywords: [“business”,”ethical”,”lead”]
Source: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/ethical-theories-business-74122.html